Barney McCoy produces TV report on WWI General John J. Pershing

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications Associate Professor of Broadcasting Barney McCoy produced and directed a television report on General John J. Pershing to be broadcast March 24 on NET’s “Nebraska Stories.”

McCoy’s six-minute long report is part of a one-hour documentary on Pershing’s Nebraska connections. In the 1890s, Pershing earned a law degree at the University of Nebraska while commanding the university’s cadet program.

“It’s exciting to see Pershing’s strong ties to Nebraska come to life,” McCoy said. “Our report uses interviews, historic photos, letters and film to give NET viewers an interesting personal look at Pershing’s Nebraska ties from more than a century ago.”

Pershing was the only living six-star general in U.S. history and commanded two million U.S. troops that fought with Allied forces and helped end the war against Germany in 1918.

The documentary is scheduled for national distribution in 2017 and was endorsed by the World War One Centennial Commission in Washington, D.C.

Luis Peon-Casanova, CoJMC broadcasting professor of practice, provided videography and editing support for the project. The CoJMC, NET, the University of Nebraska Foundation and Painted Rock Productions, LLC are providing production support of the documentary project.

The “Nebraska Stories” on Pershing will air on NET-1 on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Barney McCoy
Barney McCoy